LOOSE CHANGE

On this page, you'll find some pieces that, even with some pretty tortuous reasoning/rationalizing, can't really be connected to business-related topics in any sensible or serious way.  But the fact that something isn't connected to business doesn't mean that it can't be interesting...maybe even a little entertaining.

That's what the pieces on this page are trying to be.  Hope you enjoy them.  (Let me know what you think by going here.)


SOME JUNIOR--AND POSSIBLY SENIOR--MOMENTS

One of the recurring themes of this website (and my book, Otherwise Engaged) is the importance of semantic precision.   I’m a firm believer that a very big part of the reason that achieving higher levels of employee engagement remains such an elusive goal is the widespread misunderstanding and misuse of the word “engagement” itself.


THE DONALD TRUMP IN ALL OF US

With the emergence of the Donald Trump for President boomlet (one can only hope), this piece, written some years ago,  takes on added relevance.


THE WORST JOB IN THE WORLD

If you thought getting people to be more engaged at your company was difficult, imagine what the challenge would be like in this line of work.


IT JUST DOESN'T ADD UP

Addressing an important question:  Why isn't "innumeracy" thought to be as serious a problem as "illiteracy"?


CHANGING TO A GUM-AND-MINT ECONOMY

Another light piece from several years back.  It's something to read when you've got 5 minutes to spare and are looking to take a break.


SOMETHING TO LIGHTEN THINGS UP.  AND MAYBE EVEN ENRICH YOU.

Here's a short piece I wrote 15 years or so ago, when I was a humor columnist for my local newspaper.  (My wife: "Alleged humor columnist.")  It's titled "Have I Got An Idea For You" and it could give you a head start for starting up a business.


IT'S THE BIRTHDAY CREEP BLUES

A bit of misanthrophy about how the celebration of kids' birthdays have gotten way, way out of hand.


FUN-IN-THE-SUN OVERRATED?

With summertime approaching, here, as a public service, is an article describing why some of the season's sacred cows (and crustaceans)  shouldn't be so sacred at all


WHAT'S IN A NAME?

"Alec Guinness" may be the most anagrammatically appropriate name of all time.  But there's another name that's just as interesting.  And a lot more fun.


HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL CONSULTANT

Ever wondered what the life of a high-powered management consultant might be like?


KING OF THE FIGHTS

An interesting (I hope) character study about Sam Silverman, the legendary and Runyonesque boxing promoter from Boston.